Local firefighters take on epic bike ride in support of charities

3 firefighters from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be setting off on a gruelling 1000-mile bike ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats on Thursday 20 July.

Rob Simcox (Shropshire), Alec Thomas (Shropshire) and Russ Brown (Staffordshire) are undertaking the journey to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Fire Fighters Charity.

Rob Simcox, Watch Manager of Shropshire Fire and Rescue’s training department, explained why the cause was so important to him:

“Both Russ and I have recently lost our fathers to cancer, and we know it’s a disease that touches everyone in one way or another.

Raising money for Macmillan and The Fire Fighters Charity during this ride is our way of giving back to the services that help people so much through difficult times.”

The firefighters are hoping to complete the journey in 10 days, covering a staggering 100 miles each day.

“Even though we are all keen cyclists it is still going to be a very challenging ride, the thought of the money we are raising will keep us going and we can’t wait to get started.”

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7th July, 2023